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Etymology

From Mediaeval Latin anno Domini, from annō (ablative of annus, year) + Domini (genitive of Dominus, Lord); literally, in the year of our Lord.

Adverb

anno Domini (not comparable)
  1. The current date era beginning approximately 2018 years ago in the Gregorian calendar, based on the assumed birth of Jesus Christ.

Usage notes

  • The Chicago Manual of Style as well as most house styles require placing the AD before the date (e.g., AD 250), although in casual use it is frequently found following the date.

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References

  • Wikipedia-logo.png Anno Domini on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • anno Domini” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • anno Domini” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • anno Domini” in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

Latin

Etymology

From anno (the ablative of annus, year) + Domini (genitive of Dominus, Lord).

Phrase

annō Domini

  1. in the year of our Lord, anno Domini.

Quotations

  • 1282-1285 — Simon de Keza, Gesta Hungarorum; section 7
    Igitur in aetate sexta saeculi multiplicati Huni in Scitia habitando ut arena, anno Domini septingentesimo in unum congregati, capitaneos inter se...
  • 1476Commissio propria domini regis; Decreta Regni Hungariae 1458-1490 (Budapest, 1989)
    Datum Bude in Dominica reminiscere anno Domini millesimo quadringentesimo septuagesimo sexto regnorum nostrorum anno Hungarie etc.

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